The rivalry between Bristol City and Bristol Rovers has always been fierce, with the cross-city sides reigniting their rivalry most recently back in 2017 as Matty Taylor made the switch from the Gas to the Robins.
Now, former Bristol Rovers player and manager Ian Holloway has revealed that the toughest Bristol City player he faced while donning the Bristol Rovers shirt was former Robins captain Rob Newman.
Rob Newman. I thought he was magnificent. He led his team so well. Brian Tinnion and Walshy were really good as well. And the centre-forward, Taylor, made a huge difference. But Newman was always so calm and so good. https://t.co/OqLzALDUKX
— Ian Holloway (@IanOllie7) October 8, 2019
Newman came up through the Bristol City ranks and became a main player during one of the club’s darkest times as the club suffered three consecutive relegations and saw their finances plummet, but Newman played a main part in midfield as he went on to skipper City before being sold to Norwich City in 1991 for £600,000.
Holloway also mentions Brian Tinnion, who made over 450 appearances in a City shirt and scored the famous goal that knocked Liverpool out of the FA Cup in 1994. Holloway also claims that Alan Walsh was a really good player, with Walsh having made 279 appearances for the Robins and scored 97 goals before departing for Turkish giants Besiktas.
Alan Walsh is also particularly remembered fondly by Holloway, with Walsh having been a striker who scored 77 league goals in 218 league appearances.
Being a Bristol Rovers fan favourite and a legend of the club, Holloway has some memorable encounters that he shared with the side just across the city from the 1990s.
Holloway relished a battle against Bristol City, just like any other Bristol Rovers supporter would and it’s clear some of their players left a lasting impression on him.